We already know that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health; however, did you know that it is also bad for your hearing? In fact, smokers are nearly 70% more likely to suffer from hearing loss. This fact comes from a research study¹.
Study on Smoking and Hearing Loss
The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study that included more than 3,000 people. Of the participants 46% were non-smokers, 39.3% were ex-smokers, and 14.7% were current smokers. The study concluded that the risk of hearing impairment often increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. The study revealed the following statistics:
- Smokers are 1.69 times more likely to damage their hearing ability.
- Heavy smokers are more than 1.30 times as likely to have a hearing loss in all age groups with the exception of the oldest.
- 25.9% of smokers in the youngest age group studied (48 – 59 years of age) had hearing loss vs. 16.1% of non smokers in the same age group.
- 22.7% of ex-smokers also suffered from hearing loss.
- Second hand smoke also seemed to cause hearing loss. Non-smokers living with a smoker were 1.94 times more likely to suffer from hearing problems than those who did not live with a smoker.
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